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At the beginning of Teacher Appreciation Week, we want to share Transformative Teachers, a collection of videos and lesson plans available on PBS LearningMedia™.  The collection is designed to equip educators with tools and methods for fostering resilience and ethical leadership skills among young people. The resources are accompanied by support materials for teachers, and the lesson plans are aligned to national college and career readiness standards.

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Have you ever wished that students were eating healthier lunches?  Now you can display or distribute a flyer to inform them about how they can participate in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.  Kids ages 8-12 can create and submit a healthy recipe and possibly win a trip to the 2015 Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House!

WGBH is teaming up with First Lady Michelle Obama, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to host this fourth annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for kids to join a parent or guardian in creating an original recipe that could be served at The White House this summer. You’ll find the flyer along with related resources (more…)

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Similar to Chirp, who wants to know when she’ll fly, many of us may wonder when we’ll hear spring in the air.  Familiar peeps, chirps, and quacks tell us it’s time to get outside and explore the big wide world, and Peep and the Big Wide World helps hatch new scientists everyday.  In addition to the PEEP Science Curriculum, there’s a great new bilingual website — with STEM resources for preschoolers, parents and teachers.   (more…)

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Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and Next Generation, aims to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five, so that more of America’s children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century. They and Sesame Street recently embarked on a text-to-parents program in partnership with the free mobile health information service, Text4baby, to distribute tips to new parents about talking, reading and singing with their newborn children.  Developed by Sesame Workshop, these research-based tips provide parents with specific ways to promote infants’ early language development and to support Sesame’s mission to help all kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder.  (more…)

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This clip 0f Brene Brown from the past PBS program The Gifts of Imperfection: Living with Courage, Compassion and Connection relates to an article in this week’s New York Times by Jessica Lahey.  Her article “Helping a Perfectionist Child” speaks to all of us who know a child or adult who finds it difficult to set boundaries and accept anything less than perfection.  Among the article’s suggestions psychology professor Mark Anthony advises to help the perfectionist “View Failure More Broadly.”  To that I would add the need to help children and young adults appreciate their failures as essential to growth and that transforming mistakes into something from which they can use and learn is a high art.  (more…)

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ODD SQUAD, a brand-new PBS KIDS program from the Fred Rogers Company aimed at kids ages 5-8 begins today at 7am & 4:30pm. Two young agents, Olive and Otto, are part of Odd Squad, an agency whose mission is to save the day whenever something unusual happens in their town.   As they problem-solve and set things right, a math concept   (more…)

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Thomas, blue tank Engine No. 1  on Thomas & Friends, traveled to Springfield on October 9 when WGBY’S Community Engagement and Education Department hosted Buen Provecho at Gerena Community School. With eyes rolling and steam puffing, Thomas charmed fans and was a special delight to one little boy with autism.  As the child waved and talked to Thomas, even waiting patiently while the busy engine took a rest, his mother shared that her son loved Thomas, who had replaced an earlier fascination with Spider Man, a character who proved too aggressive. She said that her son’s therapist even brought Thomas & Friends materials to use as motivation when they worked together.

Beloved characters like Thomas help children stay enthusiastic about learning, and Thomas & Friends educational materials support 2-5 year olds to develop social-emotional skills and build an early foundation for preschool success. (more…)

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